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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel (edição 2018)

por Matthew Sullivan (Autor)

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"When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left."--… (mais)
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Título:Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Autores:Matthew Sullivan (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2018), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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I thought this was just okay. I guessed the twists fairly early on so that is why I didn't love it. Fairly quick read though. Loved the bookstore setting ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
This was such a good book. Start to finish it probably took me maybe three hours to read. And the first things i said as i finished the last page was 'mm that was such a good book'. A little mystery. A little thriller. A little drama. In an interesting conclusion with nicely paced perspectives from multiple different characters.
The only complaint i have in some punctuation inconsistencies. They appear to be purposeful but they make dialogue somewhat difficult to read for about a third of the book.
Not enough for me to knock the book down a start but still something other readers should be aware of. ( )
  elisalr22 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Lydia Smith finds solace from a childhood trauma in her job at an independent bookstore caring for the books and conversing with the BookFrogs, frquent visitors who spend hours nestled in chairs between the shelves. Her tranquilty is disrupted one night near closing when one of the BookFrogs, Joey Molina, is found dead after hanging himself. Emerging from one of his pockets is a photograph depicting Lydia and two of her friends at her 10th birthday shortly before she became famous surviving the Hammerman murders of a friend and her parents. She escaped by hiding in the cabinet under the kitchen sink until rescued by her father.

When Lydia discovers that Joey left his meager belongings to her, she discovers a number of books with words cuts from its pages and inventory labels which are actually for other books in the bookstores. When she combines the books, she discovers hat Joey has left her a series of messages. As she decyphers the messages, she discovers connections to her 20 year past life-defining trauma and estranged father.

The book grabs you from the beginning and the plot propels the reader easily through the book without bogging down. It was satisfying to observe Lydia, damaged by her childhood trauma, heal herself. The author uses red herrings to redirect the reader from suspecting an ending that escaped me! Although this book is not classifed a beach book, this would be an easy read while lying on the beach, staying in a cabin in the mountains, or while traveling. Of course, I'm a sucker for any book setting in a bookstore. ( )
  John_Warner | Jul 2, 2021 |
Enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down. Likeable (and unlikeable) characters are pretty well developed. Different than most "who done it" books. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I listened to this book. The narrator (Madeleine Mary) was horrid. She made all the male parts sound like cave men. I loved the story. ( )
  MarlaBurr | Mar 14, 2021 |
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"When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left."--

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